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    Re: Warre - Top Entrance

    I have to put in my 2 cents worth here. It's fairly short. I have tried the top entry and find the floor of the hive full of junk dropped by the bees. I doubt it is an advantage, except for the wax...
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    Re: Newcomer building custom warre hive

    I built some with 2x8. Also some with 2x10 cut to the metric height. (Approx 8. 3/16"). They are great for wintering over. Strangely, the bees seem to prefer them. They do better. U.S.standard...
  3. Thread: Buckfast bees

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    Re: Buckfast bees

    Yes. My typing is off today. Some are well described with an f word though!
  4. Thread: Buckfast bees

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    Re: Buckfast bees

    I do a lot of swarm lure boxes yearly. Here in AZ we get a lot of AFB.All your descriptions of Buckfast bees are worse than most of the wild hybrid and AFB. There are a few that are that bad. They...
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    Re: Tanzinian top bar hive plans

    I tried using a TTBH as a full size hive. My thinking was that it would be easier to start nucs or give brood to a swarm.( I also was using some Lang boxes.) I made the width the usual 19 7/8" for a...
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    Re: Tarantula Hawk wasp friendly or foe?

    There are many around here. I watched one jam a tarantula, paralized by that venom, back down its own hole. Eggs are laid on or in the still living spider and the wasp larvae feast and hatch out of...
  7. Thread: Nuc Into TBH?

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    Re: Nuc Into TBH?

    Personally hybrid hives make me never want to see one again. I would consider putting in a plain package. One benefit of aTBH is that you have room for a temporary inside feeder to give a new package...
  8. Re: Help with yellow jackets - don't understand making hive entrance smaller

    you can just shove a wad of wax or comb into a top bar hive's holes. Save one for the bees. Smaller entries need fewer defenders. Drastic measures can be needed. Traps are good. Got 100's? Screen the...
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    Re: Winter nucs made with forced summer cells

    As others have stated here once bees are in swarming mode it can be uncontrollable. They may repeatedly swarm til autumn, leaving you with no stored honey and a very decimated hive. Better you use an...
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    Sunscreen makes bees angry! worst ever!

    I was doing some work in my little beeyard. I put on "Equate " spray on spf. 50 just face & hands. In 2 minutes my 3 domestic strain hives were attacking me. Avoid this one!! Thank God I didnt go...
  11. Re: Can someone explain to me how the bars in a Warre work?

    If you get a small stapler (arrow JT-21) or eqivalent you can easily tack the topbars down. Even in an occupied hive. When it is placed a Warre hive doesnt need attachment, but it makes a big...
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    Re: Moving from a Warre to a Lang or top bar.

    I have simply removed the topbar and hung them into an empty Lang frame. It fits. Try to place them in the same order. This won't spin well, but the bees adapt to the new size readily. ( I was giving...
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    Re: Solid Brood - as a bad thing?

    This is the truest thing about genetics that there is. Genetic tinkering is SO complicated, that , even if you dabble with it, you will be astounded, frustrated or just plain stymied in your goals....
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    Re: Mating queens with feral stock

    If you get virgin queens, or queenless (natural requeened) splits, or, your own colonie's swarrms, you will not be able to stop them mating with feral bees. The more pertinent question, would be how...
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    Re: All hives must have movable frames.

    All topbar hive keepers should have an old fashioned bur comb tool. it will easily separate the side bond to the box with very minimal damage, and you can remove the entire comb easily. Easy to make...
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    Re: How to build cheap top bars.

    I had problems with KTB hives that were 17" topbars. Breakage, collapses, dificulty in preventing too much burr comb. Which make the former issues.
    I am making a top bar box to the width of a...
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    Re: Drone comb loaded with mites

    The mites prefer drones, and a new natural method of control is to introduce foundation sized for drones, and then remove and destroy it, therby lowering the colony mite population. Try it on...
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    Re: The illegal TBH

    A top bar with a starter strip generally remains removable for it's useful life. I can always remove them, and if your "Apiary Inspector" is too incompetent to do so you may have a job available!...
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    Re: Warre - Top Entrance

    I didn't think of that, the animals. I do get pesty skunks, and coyotes do the same trick as the skunks. Also I like it that the rain splattered mud from storms doesn't get in the entry. And the ants...
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    Re: Warre - Top Entrance

    Some folks swear by top entry hives, and they do have some advantages.
    My good friend asked me to set up a few, in the swarm lures that I put out, so in our curiosity this is what we found with...
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    Re: swarm trap size

    Lol! That type is very good, but hard to move, as it is really heavy! This seems to be the makings of a fine prank on a rancid neighbor, with the help of a dose of swarm lure!
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    Re: swarm trap size

    Nearly all my bees are trapped, so this is what happens in THIS area. 5 frame nucs, or a single Warre box get checked out and often passed up. They have a capture rate of 10% at best. An 8 frame or...
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    Re: youtube video series about bee lining

    I have some fond memories of being recruited as the "young, good set of eyes" for beelining. It was always a fun day, hiking and a picnic, when I was 12.
    Now that I can't see too great, I...
  24. Re: What do you do when encountering african bees for a cutout?

    About 75% of the wild bees in AZ are africanized, and are very common to find on a cut out task. I catch swarms and use swarm-lures, in AZ. Beekeeping in AZ means coping with them. I currently have...
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    Re: Modified Langstroth hive?

    I have noticed that an 8 frame hive, if the cut out was on the sides, would take a Warre topbar across the width. There is no reason a standard floor could not be used. it would be at least 1 5/8"...
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